Wis. Lawmakers Reject Governor’s Plan to Scrap For-Profit Oversight Agency

State legislators in Wisconsin have voted down a controversial proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to eliminate an agency that oversees for-profit colleges, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The proposal to eliminate the state’s Educational Approval Board was part of Mr. Walker’s budget, which also drew controversy for proposing steep cuts in the University of Wisconsin system in exchange for giving the system more independence.

The Wisconsin Legislature rejected the governor’s autonomy proposal t…


U. of Hawaii Board Votes to Disinvest in Fossil-Fuel Companies

The University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents voted on Thursday to divest the system’s financial holdings in any companies involved in the production of fossil fuels, Pacific Business News reports.

The university, which plans to carry out the divestment by 2018, joins other higher-education institutions in choosing to rid itself of some or all of their investments in the fossil-fuel industry. They include the New School, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Syracuse University, the University of D…


2 Wesleyan U. Students Are Charged With Drug Deals That Led to Overdoses

[Updated (5/22/2015, 5:41 p.m.) with news of the students' court pleas and clarification that Wesleyan expelled five students, not two.]

A federal grand jury on Friday indicted two Wesleyan University students for what it said were their roles in selling illicit drugs on the Connecticut campus in recent years that led to a series of drug overdoses by students, The Hartford Courant reports.

The two students — Zachary Kramer, 21, of Bethesda, Md., and Eric Lonergan, 22, of Rio de Janeiro — wer…


W.Va. Court Shields Researcher’s Records on Health Effects of Mining

The West Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday shielded from disclosure a former West Virginia University researcher’s records of his work concerning the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining, The Charleston Gazette reported.

The scholar, Michael Hendryx, who is now a professor at Indiana University at Bloomington, led research that found that people living near mountaintop-removal mines faced higher risks of cancer and premature death. A mining company had sued the university for access to …


Temple U. Professor Is Charged With Offering China Sensitive Technology

The chairman of Temple University’s physics department has been charged in connection with an alleged scheme to provide China with sensitive U.S. defense technology, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release that the professor, Xi Xiaoxing, had been indicted on four counts of wire fraud. He allegedly sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing information about a device invented by a private American company.

The charges were announced …


College Chiefs in Illinois Enjoy ‘Fantasy World of Lavish Perks,’ Report Says

A report by members of the Illinois State Senate asserts that the state’s public-college presidents enjoy a “fantasy world of lavish perks,” many of which have been awarded without taxpayer input, the Chicago Tribune says.

The report stemmed from an investigation into presidential compensation that followed a controversy over a lucrative severance deal for Robert L. Breuder, president of the College of DuPage.

Many colleges have asserted that the kinds of perks criticized in the report are neces…


Bible-College Professor Leaves Job After Criticizing Church Over Sex Scandal

A professor at a small Bible college in Florissant, Mo., who has been a vocal critic of a local church’s handling of a sex-abuse scandal said the matter had prompted him to resign from his job at St. Louis Christian College, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The professor, Douglas Lay, had been a member of the First Christian Church of Florissant, which has close ties to the college, according to the newspaper. He and others in the church’s congregation argued that church leaders had mishand…


Ohio Court Says Private-College Police Forces Are Subject to Open-Records Law

A sharply divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that private-college police departments are subject to the state’s open-records law, the Associated Press reported.

In a 4-to-3 decision concerning an Otterbein University student journalist’s pursuit of campus-police records, the court said that a private entity could be considered a public office when it performs a governmental function.

“Here, the mere fact that Otterbein is a private institution does not preclude its police department fr…


Head of Marquette Center That Hosted Mural of Murderer Is Out of a Job

The director of the Marquette University center that hosted a mural of a convicted murderer and fugitive is no longer employed by the university, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Marquette painted over the mural, which portrayed Joanne Chesimard and was on display in its Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, after criticism erupted online this month.

The university said in a statement to Marquette Wire that Susannah Bartlow, director of the center, was no longer a university employee. Her biography no longer appears on the center’s staff page.

Ms. Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 but escaped from prison and now lives in Cuba.

The director of Marquette University’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center is no longer employed by the university, the Marquette Wire is reporting. The move comes after the university quickly removed a mural on campus that had generated outcry over the weekend because of its subject: a woman on the FBI’s most wanted list who was convicted in a New Jersey state trooper’s 1973 murder, escaped prison and fled to Cuba.

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Co-Author Asks for Retraction of Much-Cited Gay-Marriage Study

[Updated (5/20/2015, 2:58 p.m.) with a statement from the journal Science.]

The data underlying a popular study that ostensibly showed that short conversations could change opinions on same-sex marriage may have been faked, the blog Retraction Watch reports. A co-author of a paper describing the study, “When Contact Changes Minds: An Experiment on Transmission of Support for Gay Equality,” has asked that the journal Science retract it.

An attempt to replicate the study turned up irregularities, …